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DOJ releases Trump raid affidavit, half of entire document blacked out

Published in Blog on August 26, 2022 by Brianna Kraemer

A federal judge unsealed the affidavit used to raid former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago property on Friday afternoon, except half of the entire document was blacked out.

Outcry and anger from the public sparked the Department of Justice to surrender the affidavit used to raid Trump's Mar-a-Lago property. The DOJ's redactions were first approved by U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart before it was made public. 

Out of the 38-page document, 22 pages were significantly or completely blacked out. See the entire affidavit here.

One key point of the document attempts to justify the raid by saying the FBI had "probable cause to believe" records containing classified information were stored at Trump's home. 

"[A] preliminary review of the FIFTEEN BOXES indicated that they contained “newspapers, magazines, printed news articles, photos, miscellaneous print-outs, notes, presidential correspondence, personal and post- presidential records, and ‘a lot of classified records.’ Of most significant concern was that highly classified records were unfoldered, intermixed with other records, and otherwise unproperly [sic] identified.""

In essence, the raid was conducted because documents were not in order. The federal government apparently doesn't consider first requesting, ordering or warning a citizen first before imposing unannounced – let alone a former president despised by the Deep State.

As soon as the affidavit was released Friday, the website PACER, where the document was originally accessed from, crashed as a result of huge demand.

The failed attempt to calm public outcry yet again leaves Americans wondering if our government will ever operate with honesty, integrity and accountability. 

In a clear display of unaccountability, the DOJ was sure to black out the name of the special agent who wrote the affidavit, on both the first page and the signature at the conclusion of the letter.

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